|On Seeing the France 2 Rushes|
At one point, some youth are evacuating a “wounded” comrade, when one of them sees another ambulance with more cameramen. He put the wounded boy in a headlock and yanked him over to the other ambulance, dragging the other “evacuators” with him. The experience of watching Talal’s work was literally surreal, Alice in Wonderland. I was astonished. It gave me information vertigo. What was going on?
At least Leconte and Jeambar still adhere to principles of modern journalism. The PA has no scruples about doctoring film with shots from other days in order to “tell a higher truth.” Charles Enderlin responded to the scandal caused by these revelations with a defense that suggests he has “gone native.” He used Talal’s footage to run his story “because it corresponded with the situation on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.” Leconte commented to one journalist:
"I find this, from a journalistic point of view, hallucinating," said Leconte, himself a former journalist. "That a journalist like him (Enderlin) can be driven to say such things is very revealing of the state of the press in France today," he added.
Newsmen in the American MSM whom I approached with this material were not quite as outrageous as Enderlin, but then they were not quite so courageous as Leconte and Jeambar, either. As one journalist at a major network put it, “I’m convinced by your argument about Pallywood, but I don’t know how much appetite there is for this kind of thing here.” Or as another put it, making allusions to the omnipresent commitment to "even-handedness" – “if we did something on this, we could not do it on this alone.” It is partly out of the refusal of the MSM to police itself (even rival networks!), and partly out of the brazen refusal of France2 and Charles Enderlin to release their incriminating tapes, that we have launched this website.
The Appeals court in Paris demanded that France2 show them the footage I saw before passing judgment on the suit France2 brought against Philippe Karsenty. Some predicted that Enderlin and France2 would cut the footage, which indeed they did, presenting only 17 of 21-27 minutes of original most conspicuously eliminating the incident of the man who stopped limping described above. Nonetheless, we now have those 17 minutes, and I think a close look at the "action footage" reveals the degree to which staging is part of the street "scene." Certainly the court felt Karsenty was more than justified in criticizing Enderlin for showing staged footage in the most severe terms.